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DRAIN STORY – [bladee]

As far as trailblazers go, bladee is one of the most influential people that this industry has seen in possibly the history of underground music. I’m not sure if his foreign roots created a different perspective or taste, or if he is just one of those unique minds, but I think there could be a mixture of both with an emphasis on the latter. As hyperpop became a more prominent subgenre, it seems like he was looked at in a similar light as the way Chief Keef is often quoted by artists of all different varieties as an influence, because these hyperpop stars all seemed to admire and appreciate bladee as well as the rest of Drain Gang. 2022 has already been a busy year for the Swedish star after putting out a handful of singles and a collaborative album with fellow Drain Gang member and longtime collaborator Ecco2k called Crest, but as we get full swing into the second half of the year, he is ramping up to finish strong, per usual. This will take shape as his project Spiderr is set to drop on September 30th, and in order to get some momentum going once again, he dropped …

Bliss – [Yung Lean] ft. [FKA Twigs]

Not very long ago at all, I wrote about a new Yung Lean song called “Trip”, and this instantly became a track that I have listened to multiple times every day because it’s just that good. What I didn’t realize when I wrote about it was the fact that it was actually going to be featured on Lean’s project Stardust that came out yesterday, so I couldn’t contain my excitement when I learned that we were gifted 12 brand-new songs from the Swedish icon. Running around 35 minutes long, this album features guests ranging from Bladee, Ecco2k, and Thaiboy Digital to Skrillex and FKA Twigs, and every single person that joined Lean definitely contributed in a massive way to make this album as fantastic as possible. I have only had time to listen through this album once so far, but I loved what I heard and can’t wait to dive even deeper into the mind of Yung Lean, but while I wait for more opportunities to do so, I cold resist talking about his music video for “Bliss” which is the project’s opener featuring FKA Twigs. Directed by Aidan Zamiri, this one stays consistent with most of Lean’s videos since …

Get Refreshed: Ecco2k’s Pixie Music, Ridin’ With Red Mirror, and the C2D You Deserve To Know

“Get Refreshed” is a weekly column by Billy Bugara covering all things digital in the music world. Refresh yourself here.  Cover by Brixton Yorker Ecco2k: “PXE” Before last week, the prevailing notion behind Ecco2k’s inevitable return after 2019’s still-unparalleled E was already set in stone: when it happens, it’s going to be something new, unfounded, and rooted in this magnificent creative’s ever-evolving artistry. And with the surprise release of “PXE” – a brief, 5-track EP with an accompanying short visual by Japanese-based artist Freddy Carrasco  – that’s exactly what we got in every sense of those terms. But based on how dramatic of a departure most of this project is from something as clear and defining as his debut album, we were given an even more nuanced experience than we could have ever asked for.  We certainly weren’t expecting such a clean slate to be presented to us here, but it’s safe to say that we’re better off for it. Ecco himself has dubbed the sounds both heard and felt on this project as “pixie music” — music that conveys something of a “live” atmosphere about it, yet transcends that simplistic description into something completely beyond that scope. It’s music …

Curtis Waters: The Art of Authenticity

Photo by Jovy Bergen and Jocasta Clarke Well, as we come to a close on one of the weirdest years of the past century we reflect on how the massive halt the music industry experienced with its traditional methods of growing artists through festivals, touring, and really anything that comes with having a room full of people collectively wild out together has changed in a major way. What tossed the larger industry engine into a tailspin, became a rare moment of opportunity for 1000s of kids who’s relationship with creating music existed almost entirely within the 4 walls of their bedrooms. We have seen stars emerge who may have not their time in the cultural limelight had society been moving at its regular pace. This year has had disastrous effects for many, but for a few, it has been a time to thrive while young people across the world are being forced to spend more time isolated online. It’s been fun to be a fan of these artists, as watching them get noticed by the masses and seeing their song all over the feed is something that just makes you feel happy inside. Recently, I got the chance to have an …

Girls Just Want to Have Fun – [Bladee] ft. [Ecco2k]

In the always blossoming and never boring world of Rap, tastemakers continue to push the envelope and experiment by creating their own subgenres that get even stranger but also more eye-opening by the day. Bladee is one of the most prime examples of experimentation, bringing some essentials of Hip-Hop music into his own world, mashing them with new and experimental sounds that most people would never even attempt. Due to his Swedish background and also being extremely close with the overseas phenom Yung Lean, Bladee continues his trial and error style of Hip-Hop, and when I say trial and error, there really aren’t too many errors that can be found. A perfect example of the wild kind of music that Bladee is bringing to life can be heard in his latest song “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, featuring fellow Drain Gang member Ecco2k. The production is more clarified and illuminated than some of his other tracks, boasting transient synths and old school drums, adding up to a very European trans-like beat. In my opinion, it almost sounds like it could have been featured on the popular dance game Dance Dance Revolution, and it definitely makes you want to get …